Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Done For Now!

Hello :) Thought I would be a better host this time. I made us some french press coffee and some Pumpkin Squares. I know it's a little early in the year for pumpkin treats, but I couldn't resist. Grab a fork and dig in. I'm still not done with the kitchen, but wanted to show you some pictures. I'm still looking for some odds and ends to pull it together. I invited my friend Karon over to give me some ideas on decorating. She helped me realize less is more and more is sometimes just more. Karon also helped me focus on the look I wanted for my kitchen. After she left I uncluttered my kitchen cabinets. Seriously did I really need 4 sets of spindles for hand mixers I don't have any more? My sister Jenni (Genevie) is now the proud owner of said spindles. I had to keep reminding myself that I was going for a vintage look and not modern. It is so easy to get off track. My kitchen is nothing fancy or great, but so far I love how it looks. I like the color I chose (turquoise sea). It's going to take time for my husband to get used to the color,but just like the red he will get used to the turquoise. Let's take a look :)

Starting from the left side of the kitchen. From green and white to all white cabinets.
I've decided I love paint! It's inexpensive, comes in a zillion colors and can change something from drab to eye catching. If you don't like the color you can paint another over it.

Pretty jars hold my flour and sugars. I love to bake! One of these days I'm going to make a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting from scratch and top it with toasted coconut flakes. YUM!

The wire basket was white before I painted it cherry red. I got the handkerchief idea from my friend Karon. A couple of years ago my daughter Holly , Sarah and myself re grouted the counter tops. It was very inexpensive, easy and looked 100 times better after we were done.

This dish soap from Dawn in Apple Spice, is great. The bottom of the bottle is an air freshener. How cool is that! Smells delightful. Try it. You will love it too.

The sink curtain is not permanent. I'm still looking for vintage fabric or a table cover I can make into a curtain. Just haven't seen anything I like.

Apron I hung like a little curtain. Not a very good picture, but it actually looks nice.

My coffee area. Bought the blue and white glass sugar jar with metal lid from an estate sale. It has the name Gemco printed under the jar. Does anyone know where its from? It now holds my coffee scoops. Love my coffee!

Look on top of the fridge. Do you see my fancy cake holder? My cakes are gonna travel in style from now on. It was only $6 from an estate sale! It's in great condition.

Bought my pretty little red toaster oven at Target a year ago. Fits right in.

My "new" utensil holder. Should I paint it cherry red or a brighter yellow? I sure enjoyed having you over to see my newly painted kitchen. Like I said I still have some odds and ends I need to buy, but for now I'm loving it. I also repainted the dining area, but forgot to take before pics. Bad blogger. I hope you have enjoyed your visit. I want to thank everyone of you for being so sweet and encouraging. Thank you Karon for helping me focus. You are a treasured friend. Until next time :)



  1. I love the turquoise color...cute kitchen!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog with birthday wishes:)

  2. How pretty! We are doing are kitchen over in vintage also! I still need to finish painting the backsplash and the cupboards-well, we have not even begun!
    I purchased kitchen curtains at Walmart. They are perfect below my sink! I only had to hem them 1 inch. They had many vintage styles to choose from. Maybe try there!! 10 bucks for the set :)
    Thanks for the tour!

  3. I'll have another pumpkin square ....please. yummy!
    Very cute kitchen. I painted one side of our island robins egg blue/turquoise and really liked it but I realized it didn't work with the rest of the room. I love the color still and have it in the foyer.
    Oh on the hydrangea. If your planting it in the ground you need to use good compost or some ammendment for the ground not potting soil. If your killing them your probably not watering enough. They need a lot of water.
    Hope this helps,

  4. Hi Aimee :)

    Your kitchen looks darling! I love that wall color :)

    I think you should go for a bright yellow on that utensil holder. Very cute the way it is too though!


  5. I really liked the turquoise color. Your kitchen is great!!!

  6. I Love your kitchen! You've done such a good job of making it look so cute and user friendly. I Love coffee too, so I think your coffee area is wonderful! Thanks for sharing all the pictures of your beautiful kitchen! Twyla

  7. Hi Aimee! I love your kitchen! I love the turquoise color you painted it. I would paint the utensil holder bright red, it would really pop! It is never too early for pumpkin treats, they are so good.

  8. aimee, cute cute cute!

    i just found out about an adorable site called PiP studio. sure, it's in the netherlands and i don't even understand the shipping costs, but the images are full of reds and blues. i think you will swoon!



  9. Oh and one more thing, I saw a cake holder like that at the thrift store (in red) for $4. I decided to think about it and left then went back for it an hour later and it was gone. My heart hurts every time I think of that.

  10. Oh this is the second time I forget to type in the word verification! My first and second posts didn't go through because of it!
    I love your kitchen. It looks so vintage! The color is so relaxing and soothing. And I love all the little details you added. It brings everything together.
    I know what you mean when you say that it's easy to get off track. That's happening to me. I wanted the vintage look but it's not turning out that way. I really need to stay focused and I need to make sure not to let hubby change my plans.
    I think you should paint the utensil holder red. Of course, I am being biased. Red is my favorite color. If you don't like the way it looks after you paint it, you can always change the color. ;)

  11. Aimee, your kitchen is delightful! Love all of the punches of red. It just looks like a cheerful place to sit and chat while you cook something delicious for me. laurie

  12. Your kitchen is so sweet and vintage. I love it. You have inspired me. I am going to do some big time baking soon. I saw some buttermilk pie on MaryJane's blog and your pumpkin treats look devine!! Plus some preserves I think...oh how I love the autumn!!
    ♥ Rebecca

  13. I love it all....one of my fave combos is red/aqua. I have that same soap metal tub

  14. I love paint too, for all the reasons you stated:>) The turqoise with red accents is a great combination, and you should be able to find lots of pretty vintage things that will match. I have an old cake carrier too and they are the handiest things for pies and cakes! Why don't they make them in something besides plastic anymore? It all looks beautiful!

  15. Oh, HOORAY for turquoise! It's my most treasured color, and I think that you can do no wrong when you pair that lovely shade with red...especially when you have pops of vintage charm like you have in your kitchen!

    You and Karon did an incredible job!

    And...kudos on those pumpkin bars. They look positively craveable! :)

  16. I LOVE the turquoise and red.

    My blog has been growing so rapidly that I haven't had time to get over for visits, but I was missing all my blog friends and wanted to take some time to come over and see what everyone was creating and say Hi and invite you over for a visit as well.
    Its So Very Cheri

  17. Aimee, Your kitchen is so pretty I love the vintage feel you created with all the new do's. Wow. Thank you for coming by my blog and visiting me.
    Have a great rest of the week.

  18. Aimee!!! It was sooooooo great taking a trip home for the day! Thank you for posting these pictures--You are such a great mom-I feel like I just visited! Love you! Aleah

  19. Just found your blog and it is simply delightful! Gemco was a grocery/department store. We shopped their most of my childhood - so 60s and 70s in California. Keep blogging and I will keep reading. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  20. We love your kitchen and the colors seem to pop! We just painted our kitchen yellow.
    Thank you for sharing your pictures!
    Laura and Michele